The Renand Foundation believes that education is the key to lifting the next generation out of poverty. Before there was no public education in Haiti, access to education, even for the poorest children in the community, is a key focus of ours. Hundreds of our supporters provide small monthly donations that provide for modest tuition, books, supplies and uniforms to educate children who would otherwise have no opportunity for an education.
The three schools operated by the Renand Foundation now provide classroom learning to over 1,000 of Haiti’s poorest children. The schools are staffed with teachers, administrators and tutors, and they provide learning from kindergarten through 6th grade. Unlike most rural schools where classes are taught in Creole, these children are also taught in English and French. Our lunch program also provides each student with a meal — oftentimes, this lunch is the only meal the children receive that day.
In addition, there are three after-school programs where the children go to study and receive further assistance from tutors and volunteers. Because very few homes have electricity, these programs are frequently the only place where students can complete their homework. These after-school programs also provide parents the opportunity to hold full time jobs, including many women who participate in our Micro-Loan Program. HIGH SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY The Renand Foundation also supports older children who wish to attend high
The Renand Foundation also supports older children who wish to attend high school and/or university. This is done by providing tuition and by providing uniforms for attendance. We are proud to say that we have many graduates as a result, but we would like to have a bigger impact.
Part of our mission around education includes eliminating illiteracy in adults. The Renand Foundation has reading and writing classes in Creole to help address this problem.